Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small industrial PC for image processing

Industrial and internet of things hardware manufacturer Logic Supply has launched the MC850 small form factor, GPU-capable computer, featuring Intel Kaby Lake processing.

The industrial PC offers compatibility with the latest generation 10-Series Nvidia graphics cards, and an integrated power supply.

Logic Supply says its MC850 Series is ideal for high-end image processing applications like machine vision, virtual reality, fog computing, edge devices, industrial IoT and interactive digital signage.  Continue reading Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small industrial PC for image processing

NXP and Hella Aglaia expand advanced driver assistance platform

Hella Aglaia and NXP are expanding their current advanced driver assistance system platform with artificial intelligence capability in 2018.

Hella Aglaia’s ADAS platforms include NXP’s S32 and i.MX auto-grade processors, enabling a safe, scalable and complete range of front vision NCAP safety functionality, allowing manufacturers to utilise in the volume car segment.

The next step in the cooperation is to add artificial intelligence for automated driving to this innovative modular setup, say the companies.  Continue reading NXP and Hella Aglaia expand advanced driver assistance platform

New Apple iPhone could face manufacturing delays

The new iPhone which Apple is planning to launch tomorrow is likely to face manufacturing delays, according to a report in Wall Street Journal

Any new iPhone usually sells out quite quickly so there’s almost always shortages, but this time shortfalls could be due to a lack of new screens.

Apple has chosen organic light emitting diode – OLED – technology for its screens. Previous iPhones used LCD – liquid crystal display.  Continue reading New Apple iPhone could face manufacturing delays

Huawei and Festo link up for smart manufacturing and robotics as a service based on 5G slicing

Huawei has partnered with Festo to jointly explore the 5G network application of manufacturing and to promote the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry with 5G slicing technology.

5G slicing refers to the practice of segmenting a portion of the 5G network for a specific client or requirement – it’s like what cloud computing is to the internet.

The agreement between Huawei and Festo is based on 5G cloud robotics to test the “robot as a service” concept, or RaaS, which is part of the manufacturing digital transformation that supports the shift from mass production to mass customizing and offers value-based services in smart factories.  Continue reading Huawei and Festo link up for smart manufacturing and robotics as a service based on 5G slicing

Torc Robotics links up with NXP on self-driving car technology

Torc Robotics is partnering with NXP Semiconductors to integrate next-generation radar into its self-driving vehicle fleet.

NXP is one of the world’s largest chip suppliers to the automotive industry, for advanced driver assistance systems.

Torc CEO Michael Fleming says: “For over a decade, Torc has been working with partners across multiple industries to make the world a safer place through the commercialization of our autonomous technology.

“Combining our end-to-end software stack with NXP’s innovative radar hardware is another step towards reaching that goal.”  Continue reading Torc Robotics links up with NXP on self-driving car technology

Clearpath Robotics’ partners with Cepton 3D on lidar solutions for autonomous robots

Cepton Technologies, a provider of 3D sensing solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, is partnering with Clearpath Robotics, a global provider of mobile robots for research and development.

The partnership extends the availability of Cepton’s HR80 Series lidar – light detection and radar – sensors to Clearpath Robotics’ online store.

Availability on the Clearpath online store provides professionals and researchers a means to augment their unmanned robotic vehicle purchases with 3D sensing capabilities. High-volume orders are available directly through Cepton.  Continue reading Clearpath Robotics’ partners with Cepton 3D on lidar solutions for autonomous robots

Norautron recruits ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to help with Abax electronics manufacturing

Norautron, an electronics manufacturer based in Norway, has invested in the ABB YuMi collaborative robot to help the company meet additional demands relating to a manufacturing agreement with Abax, a supplier of electronics for cars and other road vehicles. 

Norautron fully automatic robotic work cell is said to be able to manufacture, assemble, mark and pack four unique products.

With this new cell, hardware can be assembled in Norway at a competitive cost level, says the company.  Continue reading Norautron recruits ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to help with Abax electronics manufacturing

Arrow Electronics to supply Bosch sensors for industrial internet applications

Arrow Electronics has signed a global distribution agreement with Bosch Sensortec to supply Bosch Sensortec products.

Bosch is a leading supplier of microelectromechanical systems sensors worldwide.

It has built on an initial base in automotive applications to expand its offering to consumer electronics markets and now provides a diverse portfolio of MEMS devices for the internet of things.  Continue reading Arrow Electronics to supply Bosch sensors for industrial internet applications

Denso creates new company for advanced driver assistance systems

Denso, the main supplier of electronics to Toyota, is establishing a new company to make components for autonomous driving. 

The new company has been named NSITEXE, and it will develop electronics for advanced driver assistance systems as well as next-generation autonomous vehicles.

More specifically, NSITEXE will design and develop semiconductor intellectual property cores, and systems on chips, or SoCs, which will then be licensed to manufacturers.  Continue reading Denso creates new company for advanced driver assistance systems

Apple patents sensor to enable cars to communicate with each other

Apple has updated one of its patents which outlines the design of a sensor which would enable cars to communicate with each other, according to a report on CNBC

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is developing autonomous systems, but did not say whether it would build a car of its own.

The new sensor could be integrated into Apple’s in-car information and entertainment console, CarPlay, which is already in some new cars on the market.  Continue reading Apple patents sensor to enable cars to communicate with each other

Nidec to acquire SV Probe in sign that electronics manufacturing is heating up

Industrial technology company Nidec is to acquire SV Probe, which manufactures what are called “probe cards” and testing equipment for semiconductors. 

The deal would give Nidec subsidiary Nidec-Read 100 per cent of SV Probe’s shares.

Nidec-Read’s main business is the development, manufacturing and sales of inspection equipment for semiconductor package substrates and printed circuit boards, as well as inspection fixture.  Continue reading Nidec to acquire SV Probe in sign that electronics manufacturing is heating up

Mouser Electronics to distribute Robotis components

Mouser Electronics has reached a global agreement with Robotis to distribute the company’s components, which include a range of controllers, servo motors, industrial actuators, and open-source development boards. 

The Robotis portfolio is now available from Mouser Electronics, although it’s not clear whether complete versions of the company’s humanoid robots and its TurtleBot will be sold through Mouser.

Robotis’ OpenCM9.04 open-source controllers run on an STMicroelectronics STM32 F1 microcontroller with a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 core.  Continue reading Mouser Electronics to distribute Robotis components

Top 10 graphics processing unit manufacturers: Nvidia clearly in the lead

The whole world seems set on a course which will take everyone into a highly automated, robotic and artificially intelligent future. 

And much of the hardware used in the vehicles driving us to that utopia-like future is being supplied by Nvidia.

By many expert accounts, the chipmaker has taken a clear lead in the chip market and its processors are often the first choice for engineers building solutions in virtually all the current breakthrough technologies – from blockchain and cryptocurrencies to advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous cars.  Continue reading Top 10 graphics processing unit manufacturers: Nvidia clearly in the lead

Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle may indicate the future of cars, as Foxconn looks to build driverless tech factory

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple may portend the future direction of car technology.

Qualcomm says Apple manufacturers are not paying the correct amount of money for the chipmaker’s intellectual property the iPhone maker is licensing – basically they’re not paying anything.

The lower, or absent, payments probably account for Qualcomm’s patent licensing business falling 42 per cent this year, according to CNBC.  Continue reading Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle may indicate the future of cars, as Foxconn looks to build driverless tech factory

Intel to build fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles

Determined not to miss out like it did on the smartphone revolution, Intel is developing 100 of its own autonomous cars. 

Intel is still the largest chipmaker in the world in many sectors but in mobile computing technology, other companies have taken the lead.

But there’s not many things as mobile as a road-going vehicle, and newer versions of them need more chips than ever.  Continue reading Intel to build fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles